Scottish leader calls for 'new conversation' on independence


LONDON (AP) - Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon says support for Scottish independence is growing and that the time is right for a "new conversation" on independence because of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

The Scottish First Minister said Friday her party would set up a website to gather public input on a possible independence referendum. A "listening exercise" with the goal of speaking to 2 million voters was also announced.

She spoke nearly two years after Scottish voters rejected independence in a referendum.

Sturgeon stopped short of calling for a second referendum but says the United Kingdom had fundamentally changed since then because of the Brexit vote in June.

She says Scottish voters were being taken out of the EU against their will.

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